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Wednesday May 23 2012
Stramaccioni: Coutinho has talent

Inter boss Andrea Stramaccioni says that Philippe Coutinho has nothing to prove during their tour of Indonesia.

The Brazilian has been included in their end of season trip despite spending the last six months of the campaign on loan at Espanyol.

The 19-year-old impressed in Spain, but he now has the chance to catch the eye of Stramaccioni for the first time ahead of 2012-13.

“He’s not on this tour so we can look at what he can do because we have no doubts about his ability,” the former Primavera boss noted.

“Inter are working very hard to achieve success both now and going forward. Inter need to be at the top end of the table.

“We're now playing European football – albeit not the Champions League – and we're striving to get back to the top.

“Problems are there to be resolved and we are very clear on how to do that, President Moratti knows what is necessary.”

Genoa confirmed on Tuesday that a deal for Rodrigo Palacio had been done with the Beneamata.

“Inter have very clear transfer targets and we're working well, but I can't comment on any new additions because I've not had anything confirmed,” the Coach added.

Inter have two games lined up in Indonesia and Stramaccioni was delighted with the passionate reception the team received from fans in Jakarta.

“It was such a nice feeling to see so many Inter fans at the airport when we arrived. Endless supporters, there were thousands of them. Thank you Indonesia, on behalf of everyone at Inter.

“All of us, including our President who's not here, care a lot about this tour and Mr Moratti sends his regards.

“This is a country where Inter really is adored and just look at how many fans are here to cheer us. That's why we're all here, except of course those who are injured or on international duty.”

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